WALTZ: Just Thinking About Danica Mania & Other Goodies


HARRISBURG, N.C. — With the trees blooming and racing shifting into high gear, I was just thinking…

– Is there still a racing division in which a true junkyard car can be competitive?

– Danica Mania certainly ended just as quickly as it started. Haven’t heard it mentioned all year.

– Jimmy Carter was president when Steve Kinser started winning World of Outlaws sprint-car races.

– With its new high-definition video screen, Charlotte Motor Speedway’s infield should qualify as the world’s largest drive-in theater.

– Whatever happened to Canadian sprint-car racer Tim Gee?

– Jean Lynch should be inducted into the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame.

– More and more sanctioning bodies are becoming promoters.

– Even though no one is talking about it, there has to be genuine concern about the future of the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

– Dirt-track racing is the original version of drifting.

– Sam Schmidt Motorsports will field cars for eight drivers this season in IndyCar and Indy Lights — and four of the drivers are actually Americans.

– Why is the NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown run at the start of the season instead of the end?

– The American open-wheel landscape would be considerably different today if that chartered airplane carrying eight key USAC officials hadn’t crashed on April 23, 1978.

– Far too many fans don’t appreciate Kyle Busch’s talent.

– Where those actually cheers we heard when Jeff Gordon won at Phoenix? Times have certainly changed.

– How much longer before Rick Hendrick runs out of patience with Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and the No. 88 team?

– The number of truly effective PA announcers at America’s short tracks is steadily declining.

– Auto-racing rivalries sell tickets. Unfortunately, there aren’t very many good ones these days.

– Is Trevor Bayne the real deal, or a one-hit wonder?

– Every short track should have a Senior Citizen’s Night, with discounted admission for fans 62 and older, as a way of thanking those who have supported racing for many years.

– No driver has won three-consecutive Indianapolis 500s.

– Race fans constantly complain about the number of commercials during NASCAR telecasts. So will the fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway during May complain about the number of commercials on the track’s giant video screen?

– We’ve been told race cars go counter-clockwise around an oval track because that’s the way the horses went. But why did the horses start going that way?

– It’s hard to believe Kevin Swindell doesn’t have a solid ride. Once again, money talks and talent walks.

– We certainly expected more from Joey Logano than he has produced since replacing Tony Stewart in the No. 20 car.

– Jack Roush could have very easily given up on Ricky Stenhouse, Jr. during his tumultuous 2010 season. But he didn’t, and the former sprint-car racer is a legitimate contender for the Nationwide Series title.

– Has anyone seen a date for the second Legends Million?

– Sat down Saturday to watch part of the 12 Hours of Sebring and realized the only live coverage was on ESPN3.com. As a result, we didn’t see a single lap of this great endurance race.

– Support your local track and take a friend to the races as often as possible.

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